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thursday, october 31, 2013 volume 113, issue 046

Inside Coverage

Carl Pelini leaves FAU

Playing dress up

Former NU coordinator resigns

Love Library employees bond through cosplay



Huskers take fight out of the Illini

Freshman Kadie Rolfzen jumps for a block against Illinois on Wednesday night. After winning a close second set, No. 10 Nebraska ran away with a 25-12 victory in the third set. NU recorded 16 blocks in the match.

truths or tall tales You’ll never look at that lighted, glass staircase on 16th Street the same. Or all of Neihardt Hall, for that matter. The Daily Nebraskan investigates 10 myths purveyed by students over the years, uncovering myths and truths from the university’s sometimes-spooky past.



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Madison Nichols, a freshman theatre performance major, looks for props in the Temple Building’s prop room, located in the attic. Allegedly, the attic is haunted by a young girl who had a sandbag fall on her during a play’s rehearsal.

Temple Building

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Temple Building, which houses the UNL Theatre Department, has been rumored to be haunted for decades. “I haven’t experienced anything much (supernatural),” said costume designer Janice Stauffer. “There have always been middle-of-the-night noises, but it’s also an old building, and there are a lot of loud pipes.” And if anyone should know where the bumps in the night in the Temple building are coming from, it’s Stauffer – she has worked in the theatre department since 1979. One of the least popular locations, even for her, is the Temple’s attic, which has remained the same since it was built in 1907, Stauffer said. “It’s got big wood rafters and not much light … If I were a ghost, that’s where I’d want to be,” she said.

But that’s not the only place where supernatural incidents have occurred. “A custodian that we had when we came here in the ’70s…he was cleaning the theater and the set on stage was furniture, and he sat down to rest on it for a few minutes, and a spotlight came on him,” Stauffer said. “He was working the night shift, from 11 to 7 in the morning, so it frightened him quite a bit. Sometimes (lighting) instruments have minds of their own, but he didn’t seem to think that was the case.” One of the Temple ghosts, affectionately nicknamed Dallas after a charismatic theater chair who died during his time at UNL in the 1950s, enjoys playing games with students and staff in the theatre department. “If something ends up somewhere without you moving it, then Dallas moved it,” Stauffer said.


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The rumor that the rounded staircase in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity was used in a Playboy shoot is true. The staircase was the location of a portrait in a 1993 issue of the magazine.

Phi Delta Theta staircase

You can’t miss the lit-up, glass staircase on the side of Phi Delta Theta’s house when you walk down Greek Row. With its 1930s limestone architecture, it stands out among the rest of the Greek houses.

Geoff Thiele, senior biological sciences major and president of Phi Delta Theta, said he thinks that’s why Playboy Magazine wanted to have a photo shoot at the fraternity’s house back in the 1990s. “My guess is they walked by the house and saw the staircase light up and thought it was cool,”

Thiele said. In the house library, the fraternity has an old copy of the magazine. Although the cover wasn’t directly affiliated with Phi Delta Theta, it was connected with UNL. At this time, Playboy was taking cover photos of the Big Eight schools. The UNL cover was Homecoming-themed and fea-


Newton’s apple tree

There’s one apple that rises above all the rest – and no, it’s not the one on Twilight. It’s not the one Eve ate in the Garden of Eden, either. It’s the one that caused Sir Isaac Newton to discover gravity. And there’s a tree on campus that’s genealogically related to that specific tree causing what could arguably be one of the most pivotal moments in scientific history. According to an article produced by the Spectrum, a newsletter for alumni and friends of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNL, the tree was brought to Lincoln in the late 1980s. It all started with Edward Layman,

tured people in dresses and suits on the stairs. “Yes, the rumors are true – but it wasn’t what you would think of a Playboy photo shoot,” Thiele said. “There isn’t any nudity on it, and there aren’t any Phi Delts in it.”


Junior civil engineering major Daniel Goodwin walks through an underground tunnel while on duty at Selleck Hall on Tuesday morning. There are rumors that the multiple underground tunnels on campus have ghosts haunting them.


a retired Lincoln physician, and his friend Joseph Young, a retired UNL horticulture professor. They were curious about what variety of apple was involved in Newton’s discovery and contacted Richard Keesing, a professor at York University in England who had avidly studied the life of Newton. Keesing contacted the then estate owners of Newton’s home and was able to identify an apple tree that was remarkably similar to the one in Newton’s time – a spawn of the previous tree. A graft of that tree was made and shipped to Lincoln. It was planted in its permanent spot south of the Behlen Laboratory on April 4, 1991, at a ceremony attended by Keesing, and it’s still there today.


Neihardt was an infirmary, polio ward

Some of Neihardt’s ghosts, including the young woman whose spirit lingers in the lounge, are believed to be there because of Neihardt’s use as an infirmary in the 1930s and 1940s. During this time, an outbreak of polio caused many people to be placed there, including some of the spirits that are still there today. According to, the ghost of the young woman – which Hoyt confirmed – rattles the shutters of the lounge’s windows because at the end of her life, her illness kept her from spending time outdoors. So perhaps living in a once-infirmary is just as spooky as it sounds.

Underground tunnels and desk portals

You know those grates in the sidewalk that you’re irrationally afraid to walk over? Turns out that they’re actually the only thing keeping you a safe distance from UNL’s underground tunnel system. According to Facilities Operations Manager Kelly Clark, all the buildings that use steam utilities on campus are connected by a series of tunnels that are occasionally used by maintenance workers who have to fix the steam pipes. Some of the tunnels go all the way to the Capitol building. “Parts of them (are big enough to walk in),” Clark said. “But you can’t make your way around down there.” Though it’s fun to imagine yourself springing up into your 9:30 a.m. class via a secret underground tunnel, they’re not built for people to

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travel from building to building. On top of that, the steam that rushes through the pipes the tunnels house is incredibly hot, making that underground walk to class not only sweaty but incredibly dangerous. “Going down into those is the kind of thing that could get you expelled,” Clark said. Among other rumored secret passageways are the “portals” between desks in Abel Hall. Though you could theoretically find and crawl through one of the few larger spaces between dorm rooms that are concealed by the plywood kickplate under your desk, it wouldn’t be easy. Finding one of the dozen or so spaces large enough for a person to fit in would be your first challenge, followed by somehow obtaining a special screwdriver to remove the security screws the kick-plate is put in place with. Even if you managed all of this, you’d probably get fined (or have to do community service)


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On campus what: STEM Education Seminar when: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. where: Manter Hall, Room 103


Aviation Movie Night – “Top Gun” when: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. where: Nebraska Union, Regency A more information: Anyone is welcome.

IN LINCOLN what: “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” – 1922 silent ‘Dracula’ film when: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. where: First Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D St. more information: Cost is $10. Wear a costume to receive free popcorn.

what: Halloween party costume contest with Hookt when: 8:30 p.m. where: The Grove, 340 W. Cornhusker Highway more information: Cost is $5 if not in full costume.


Halloween Costume Party and dance when: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. where: Libations and L2, 317 S. 11th St. more information: No cover charge.

Scientists question state climate change study Climate committee voices concern on study’s parameters, which don’t include human influence staff report DN A bill passed by the Nebraska State Legislature requiring a study on climate change may have a hard time convincing scientists to complete it. The Climate Assessment and Response Committee, a government-appointed committee that advises the state on climate issues, is expressing concerns on a climate-change study approved by the Legislature in March. The concerns result from the parameters of the study, which don’t include human involvement with global warming, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The CARC discussed the study Oct. 23 and, aside from lack of money and time, it had concerns because of the fact the study is limited to cyclical climate change. Republican Sen. Beau McCoy, who represents Douglas County and is a gubernatorial candidate, added the word cyclical to the legislation, according to an article in the WorldHerald. McCoy has said in the past he does not believe in

global warming and believes Herald. He said if the study that “there are normal, cyclical were to exclude human involvement and reject science, the changes,” according to the same state would “look stupid.” article. Other experts in the NeBobbie Kriz-Wickham, the head of the CARC, said the braska climate community also committee is required to answer would not feel comfortable with a study that did not factor the statute that resulted from in human involvement. Mark the passage of the bill. Svoboda, a climatologist with “The committee last week voted to move forward with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s National Drought Mitipublication of a document gation Center, said he would called a request for information,” Kriz-Wickham said. “That not put out such a study if it involved him. Martha Shulski, request was published officially a climatologist and director of on Monday.” the High Plains The request, Regional Clias Kriz-Wickham mate Center, also explained, is If it’s only housed at UNL, seeking informanatural said her staff’s tion from qualiinvolvement fied individuals (causes), but not would depend on about how they human, we would the scope of the might complete what the bill re- not be interested.” study, according to the Worldquires. Included Herald. in the request Martha Shulski “If it’s only for information director, high plains regional natural (causes), is how the Legbut not human, islature defines we would not be interested,” cyclical, as other experts in she said. weather have said the word is The study currently asks not scientific. for a report on “cyclical climate Barbara Mayes-Boustead, a meteorologist with the National change in Nebraska” and a reWeather Service, was cited in view of “historical climate varithe World-Herald and said cy- ability and change; climate proclical is not a scientific term and jections; and possible impacts.” Wickham said there is now a credible outcome cannot be a two-month period to better achieved with it as a limitation. define the terms and limits of Sen. Ken Haar, a Democrat and the sponsor of the bill, the bill. The study is set to be comwanted something broader for the study and said he wanted pleted next year and will cost no more than $44,000. to include all aspects of climate NEWS@ change, according to the WorldDAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

College tuition prices see smallest increase in 30 years Gabrielle Lazaro DN For four-year public universities, tuition has always been on the rise — usually substantially. However, this year the increase was 2.9 percent, the least amount in more than three decades, according to a College Board report released Oct. 23. The average sticker price for four-year colleges during the 2013-14 year was $8,893, according to the annual “Trends in College Pricing” report. A large reason tuition prices have increased is because of the decrease in state appropriations. “I have seen evidence there’s a near perfect correlation between state appropriations and public higher education tuition,” said Craig Munier, director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. But at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the tuition price hasn’t risen in the last two years. At UNL, the resident tuition price was the same as the 20122013 school year: $6,480. Fortunately for UNL resident students, the tuition price will remain frozen for the 2014-15 academic school year. “It was an agreement between the president of UNL and governor,” said Juan Franco, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

There are some suggestions that higher education is increasing at a slower rate than many other goods and services.” Craig Munier director of office of scholarships and financial aid

“We wanted to keep the cost of attendance down for students. If we froze tuition, the state would give UNL assistance. They gave us more money in exchange for not raising tuition. It’s just a way to try to help students.” Although the tuition price is expected to remain the same for the next two years, there are other areas that will not. It’s expected that room and board, fees and textbooks will all cost more during the next academic school year, Munier said. This is because the cost of everything is going up, he said. “Show me something that isn’t going up,” he said. “There are some suggestions that higher education is increasing at a slower rate than many other goods and services.” In an effort to make college as affordable as possible, a potential student should look into all financial aid programs available, try to do well in high school, particularly on the ACT to be competitive for merit scholarships and to look

for colleges that have good programs and are reasonably priced, Franco suggested. “For instance, you can go to a college out of state that offers the same type of program, but end up owing a lot more,” he said. In the past few years, UNL has seen an increase in enrollment. This year brought the largest freshman class in 30 years. Many four-year colleges across the country have seen a decrease in total student enrollment, according to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. As the economy has gone up, some students may have chosen an alternative method, such as working, Munier suggested. For the state of Nebraska, the number of high school graduates has leveled off. “For UNL, this means having to focus on out-of-state and international students,” Franco said, “We became more aggressive in terms of recruiting students.” news@

Colleges consider costume offensiveness Maggy Lehmicke DN This year on Halloween, many students may be more wary of their costume choices than ever before. The University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities have both requested that their students stray away from culturally offensive costumes, according to NBC News. “The problem with offensive Halloween costumes is that the costumes reinforce negative stereotypes,” said Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, an ethnic studies professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Willis-Esqueda said outward

actions don’t always reflect a person’s implicit knowledge of stereotypes, or what is maintained at the cognitive level. These costumes draw on the most negative aspects of a minority group or culture, she said. She used American Indian costumes as one example, but said this applies to many other minority groups as well. “Portraying stigmatized groups with unrealistic, stereotyped costumes and behavior is never a way to show respect,” she said. Rachael Washington, a senior vocal performance and psychology major, said she had never thought about this issue until it was presented to her. She said only two years ago she portrayed Pocahontas on Halloween.

Washington is the co-founder of Students Overcoming Stereotypes, a registered student organization at UNL. The goal of the organization is to integrate people of all cultures and backgrounds. “There’s nothing wrong with wanting to learn about a culture, but you have to do it tastefully,” she said, Washington said she doesn’t get easily offended by such costumes, but she knows people who might. “People don’t think before they do things,” she said. Kim Peters, manager of the Spirit Halloween store in Lincoln, said she’s never had any complaints in regards to carrying offensive costumes. She said people of all ethnicities have been in

her store. People are likely not offended because of the holiday, she said. “It’s in fun,” Peters said. The solution is proper communication, Washington said. People are beginning to speak up, and the key is to explain things rather than to get angry, she said. “You have to be forward with people,” she said. “People like honesty.” When asked whether UNL should put forth a statement requesting politically correct costumes on Halloween, Washington was hesitant. “That’s so hard. Honestly, anything could be taken offensively if you want it to,” she said. “Just treat people like people.” news@

cops briefs Police investigate burglary at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police were called to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 640 N. 16th St. on a report of a belated burglary on Tuesday morning. The Rev. Ben Holdren, assistant pastor at the church, told police that when he left the church the previous evening, the building was secure. When Holdren returned the next morning, he found that the door handle to his office was bent. There are no suspects yet in this case, and no other damage to the church was reported. Nothing was reported stolen. The damage to the door handle is estimated at $30. This is still an active case.

Student attempts to steal Bait bike

An attempted bike theft ended with a citation for one UNL student Sunday night. Police were dispatched to the area of Stadium Drive and T Street after Brent Roberts, a junior economics major at UNL, attempted to steal a UNLPD bait bike from the bike racks by Brace Physics Lab. The bike is estimated to be worth about $175. Roberts was cited and released for unlawful theft by taking.

Police investigate window vandalism at Avery Hall

Police were called to Avery Hall early Monday morning on a vandalism call. A window on the lower level of the building was open and the window screen appeared to be cut. The windows have bars on them to prevent theft. Police believe the vandalism occurred sometime between Friday morning and Monday morning. Nothing appeared to be taken from the building, and no damage value to the window or screen has been reported. Police are still investigating this case.

Non-student causes disturbance at Love Library

A non-student was escorted to detox after causing a disturbance at UNL Libraries on Monday evening. Police were dispatched to Love Library South and made contact with a person who appeared to be drunk. The person had a BAC of .331 and was transported to detox. The person was not cited.

—Compiled by colleen fell, news@

news briefs Animal scientist named influential beef industry leader

University of Nebraska-Lincoln animal scientist Terry Klopfenstein has been named one of the 50 most influential beef industry leaders in the last 50 years by Beef magazine, a leading industry publication. The magazine noted Klopfenstein as “an internationally recognized authority in beef cattle nutrition and the first to develop beef cattle diets using distillers grains as both a protein and energy source.” Klopfenstein is one of five people on the list with Nebraska ties. The others are former UNL faculty member Frank Baker; Nebraska native and UNL graduate Paul Engler, Texas cattleman and benefactor of UNL’s Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program; Fred Johnson, whose cattle operation included interests in Nebraska; and John Pollak, director of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. Klopfenstein is a professor emeritus and began teaching at UNL in 1965. To see the complete list in Beef magazine, go to

andrill team will still travel to Antarctica

UNL will still send a team of drillers to Antarctica, but the team is reduced to five members and plans to operate with one drill instead of two. Before the 16-day government shutdown, eight drillers were going to travel to Antarctica to operate a new roving hot-water drill and the drill from the WISSARD hot-water drill that was used in the Lake Whillans project during the 2012-2013 season. Now, the UNL drillers will operate only the roving drill; the WISSARD drill will remain in storage. It’s a relief for the project to be moving ahead, said Frank Rack, executive director of the Antarctic Geologic Drilling (ANDRILL) Science Management Office in a university press release. The drillers are scheduled to leave Lincoln on Nov. 13 and arrive in Antarctica on Nov. 18.

Photography, artist residency offered at cedar point

The art and art history department is offering a new class and residence program at Cedar Point Biological Station for the summer of 2014. The course will enroll 12 to 16 students and the field school designation means the fees for the course are reduced. A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $375 will be accepted beginning in November, and will cover room and board. The total cost for the course includes the deposit plus the tuition for threecredit hours and a special course fee of $50. The department is also offering a one- or two-week residency for arts and creative writing faculty at Nebraska colleges and universities, as well as current fine arts masters students. The cost for the residency is $230 per person per week for room and board, and applications are due Jan. 20. For more information, go to

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ASUN to shorten election length based on student survey Senators pass bill that will reform future elections; they will also likely not sponsor TEDx event reece ristau dn Ironman, Buzz Lightyear and Carl Pelini were among those at the weekly senate meeting of the Association of the Students of the University of Nebraska on Wednesday. Dressed in costumes from silly to spooky, senators met and unanimously passed a government bill affirming numbers from a recent

survey about election length. Overall, results show that the students who participated want ASUN election length to be 7.95 weeks and to have 2.71 debates. Eric Reznicek, president of ASUN and a senior finance and marketing major who dressed as Buzz Lightyear, said the executives will turn these findings over to the Electoral Commission and let it interpret them to make changes. “This bill says we support the survey and we find it viable, but we’ll let the Electoral Commission draw their own conclusions,” Reznicek said. He said he is extremely proud of the number of respondents for the survey; however it didn’t garner 100 percent confidence. Of the 268 responses hoped for, 208 were received. This brought the con-

sions for The Big Event, which aims to give back to local communities through one large day of service. It’s expected that 3,000 students, faculty and staff will volunteer this spring as part of The Big Event, according to the UNL website. FCLA is also working on training its members. Sen. Maggie Schneider, a junior finance and management major, said Reznicek spoke to the group this week about the student government election process. Next week, Sen. Annie Himes, a junior global studies, history and Russian major, will be going through individual projects with FCLA members. FCLA members will also be paired up with a senator to learn more about ASUN and the opportunities it provides. Other various committees are

fidence in the numbers slightly down from 95 percent to 90 percent. Reznicek said this is not significant and the results are sound. Aside from comprehensive confidence, Reznicek said the correlation is a 0.7, which also indicates that the results are more accurate. The TEDx event for UNL students will likely not happen this year, said Internal Vice President Kaitlin Coziahr, a senior economics, finance and management major. “With time constraints and budgeting, I just don’t see that possible with our term,” Coziahr said. “But I’m open to suggestions to make it happen next year.” Additionally, the Freshman Campus Leadership Associates are busy planning events and training. They have begun discus-

This bill says we support the survey and we find it viable, but we’ll let the Electoral Commission draw their own conclusions.” Eric Reznicek asun president

making progress as well. The Student Alcohol Safety Committee, led by its chairman Sen. Jordan Hohwieler, a junior exploratory major, held a booth in the Nebraska Union on Tuesday to inform students about legal services and what it provides. Hohwieler said the group also plans to talk to 475-RIDE to get an update on its amount of drivers. 475-RIDE is free program provided to to en-

sure UNL students have safe, reliable rides. Additionally, the Diversity Strategic Development Committee is working on legislation to support a conversation class for foreign language students. The class pairs students with students from other countries to practice their language abilities. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

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Stuck in the Mueller Bell Tower

The story goes that one time, before the era of cellphones, someone got stuck in the bell tower, and he was only let out when he played,

pus, you get free tuition, and if your roommate commits suicide in your room, you get free room and board. But according to Tim Alvarez, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs, the rumor is false. “I’ve never even heard of that rumor before,” Alvarez said. “It’s a little bizarre, but I guess that’s why they’re called myths.”

“Help!” by The Beatles. According to New Student Enrollment officer Luke Castner, a junior elementary education major, part of that story is true. “I know for certain – this is what our boss told us – somebody did get stuck in the tower, but it was well before The Beatles existed,” Castner said. There’s no evidence as to how the victim got out, but with a strict maintenance schedule, the person did get out eventually.

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The country’s largest urinals

According to Nebraska Alumni Association spokeswoman Andrea Cranford, the Hinsdale urinal in the bathroom of the Architecture Hall is the oldest and largest urinal west of the Mississippi River. Its only competition is another Hinsdale located in the Old Town Bar in Manhattan, N.Y. “I’ve heard about that for decades,” Cranford said. Though the Hinsdale was not an original part of the building (the hall was built in 1894 and Hinsdales weren’t patented until 1910), they are still considered a university landmark. Even if they are not officially the country’s largest, the Archi-


Haunted Neihardt, Oldfather and Abel halls

Temple isn’t the only rumored haunt on campus. After Megan Hoyt of Midwest Paranormal Investigations went to check out Neihardt Hall, she determined that there were spirits among the living in the historic building.


Hamilton Hall’s 3 wings

Hamilton Hall is built in three visible wings, and it’s said to be

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The urinals are, in fact, the largest west of the Mississippi. tecture Hall’s famous urinals are impressive enough to be acknowledged by the Scarlet Guard. “(The Hinsdales) are listed as a campus tradition in our Cornhusker compass, which is our tradition handbook for members of

Scarlet Guard,” Cranford said. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the trip to the architecture building to put them to use, though.

Among the stories that Hoyt confirmed were a young woman’s spirit in a Neihardt lounge, an odd energy that makes scraping noises on the ceiling and the spirit of a young man who occasionally locks the closet door to keep the current resident out of his room. Another building Hoyt confirmed spirits in was Oldfather Hall, where philosophy professor Hardy Jones jumped from his 10th story office to his death in 1983. “I have seen no reason to believe that the place is haunted,” said philosophy professor Edward Becker. “But the story about the person jumping out the window is true.” Becker knew Hardy personally and was even the executor of

his estate after he passed but never thought that Hardy haunted the floor after his death. Hoyt believed differently. During her visit to Oldfather, she confirmed there was a male spirit walking around the 10th floor, claiming he even reenacted what happened the night of his death. But not all rumored haunting areas prove so active. After assistant director for Residence Life Rob Andrews, as well as multiple residents of Abel’s seventh floor – including a student who has lived on the floor for two years – said they had never even heard of the floor being haunted, so the conclusion is Abel 7 has no resident ghosts.

built that way so chemistry students didn’t bring down the entire building with an experiment gone wrong – instead, they’d just bring down part of it. According to executive director of facilities planning and construction Mark Miller, this rumor is false. “That type of architectural design is called progressive collapse, and Hamilton was built before progressive collapse was existent,” Miller said. However, the architect who de-

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Legislation ignores human effects on climate change As reported in the Daily Nebraskan news section, the Nebraska State Legislature has passed a bill calling for a study on climate change. Some climate change authorities in Nebraska are meeting the proposed study with skepticism because it won’t include research on humans’ effect on global warming. The DN Editorial Board shares this skepticism. Naturally occurring phenomena do have an influence on the atmosphere. The Environmental Protection Agency lists “changes in the sun’s energy (and) shifts in ocean currents” as examples. It would be foolish to suggest these processes aren’t worth studying. However, to ignore the human element altogether ignores a significant amount of scientific research that has already been presented. In fact, a report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released last month indicates with a reasonable degree of certainty that human actions account for at least 50 percent of the rise in Earth’s surface temperatures in the past half-century. The American Institute of Physics cites “increasing concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases … air pollution, increasing concentrations of airborne particles, and land alteration” as some of the specific impacts we have on our environment. According to a 2007 study by the IPCC, one of the greatest contributors is our greenhouse gas emissions. They can be caused by anything from our motor vehicles to the heating and cooling of buildings. Even simple things like water vapor can have an effect on the atmosphere as a whole. The bottom line is that our daily routine profoundly influences the world around us, and this bill seemingly fails to recognize that fact. A reputable scientific study must address all possible causes for the phenomena it seeks to explain. The EPA and multiple other climate change scientists and studies have recognized that natural processes don’t tell the whole story. The Legislature must follow suit if a study on the matter is to be done properly.

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gabriel sanchez | dn

End of life decision is personal


e live in a world of choice: Regular or decaf? Paper or plastic? Go out or stay in? These small choices give us a sense of control, although we hardly think twice when making them. But when it comes to serious life decisions, some people lack control — the terminally ill. They lie on this cusp of an ultimate choice unavailable to most: Death now or death later? Although part of life’s cycle, death is hardly ever easy, especially for the terminally ill. Both financial and ethical decisions must be made when confronting death, and this can be difficult for both the person dying and for his or her family. The Death with Dignity Act has made the process of death easier and even liberating for some patients. The act allows patients with terminal illnesses given six months or fewer to live to willingly end their own lives in a humane way through lethal medications, otherwise known as euthanasia. On average, the time it takes from consumption to death is about two hours. The capsuled medication is taken orally, though many people will mix the capsules in water to make it easier to swallow. Only three states give the terminally ill this choice: death now on their terms or death later on the terms of their illness. Oregon was the first state to pass the Death with Dignity Act in 1997, followed by Washington in 2008 and Vermont just this year, although it won’t go into affect until 2016. The controversy regarding life and death of terminally ill patients began in the 1990s when Dr. Jack Kevorkian, commonly known as “Dr. Death,” helped more than 100 people end their lives with lethal medications. Kevorkian was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison after publicly documenting the death of his patients. After serving eight years, he was released and then made tremendous efforts to change the law that criminalise what he did. The National Center for Death with Dignity considers him the lightning rod that got people to think about our right to end life options. Kevorkian wasn’t the only doctor to help terminally ill patients end their lives. Just weeks ago, nurse Barbara Mancini of Phila-

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delphia was charged with assisted suicide for handing her 93-year-old, terminally ill father a bottle of morphine upon his request earlier in February. In result of her actions, Mancini’s father died four days later. Conviction could mean up to 10 years in prison for Mancini. Although, if she lived in Oregon, Washington or Vermont, she could have given her father the medication he wanted with no questions asked. Whether Mancini was easing her father ’s pain or putting him out of the pain all together, what she did is still considered illegal in 47 states. Had Mancini refused to give her father the morphine, he still would have died eventually. Sure, he may have lived days or maybe even weeks longer, but he would have lived in excruciating pain. And what kind of life is that? Peter D. Richardson’s documentary “How to Die in Oregon” tells the stories of people who have died under the Death with Dignity Act. Richardson explores the complexities of the aid-in-dying controversy while interviewing doctors on both sides of the debate as well as family members of the terminally ill patients. He also interviews journalist and author Derek Humphry, who wrote “Final Exit” and founded the Hemlock Society USA later formed into Compassion and Choices, which fights to decriminalize euthanasia nationwide. Through the film, Richardson zooms in on the life of Cody Curtis, a woman dying of liver cancer. Only with the help of her physician, oncologist Katherine Morris, does Curtis decide to pursue her right to death with dignity. Initially, she wanted the prescription solely for the comfort of having the option there, much like many other patients with terminal illness-

es. But she later set a concrete date to take the medication. Curtis’s family didn’t understand her decision at first, but eventually accepted her request to no longer be a suffering, emotional and financial burden. Similar to Curtis’s wishes, my grandfather had requested that when the time came for him to die, to let him go. He did not want to put himself or our family through a dragged out process we all knew would end. He was dying from stage four colon and liver cancer. I watched him slowly pass for 12 hours after being taken off oxygen support. The hours felt like days, and I can’t imagine the amount of suffering my grandfather would have been put through if it had taken any longer. Although three completely different stories — my grandfather, Curtis and Mancini’s father —all had something in common: an inevitable death. In response to why his wife allowed her life and eventual death be filmed, Curtis’s husband, Stan, concludes, “My wife understood the meaning of her own life. It seems like a story about dying, but actually it is very much a story about living.” To me, his quote epitomizes the Death with Dignity Act and the benefits of euthanasia. Too many people believe this aid in dying decision is about death when it’s really about life. A life of suffering is not much of a life at all. Who is to say a terminally ill patient should suck it up until the day comes which allows them to finally die? Their physician? The government? Alternative end-of-life options such as Intensive Care Units or hospice? Absolutely not. Nobody wants to stare death in the face, not even the terminally ill, but we know death is inevitable for all of us, not just those given six months to live. How one decides to spend their last moments should be entirely up to them. The Death with Dignity Act implements these choices and, for some, makes all the difference for them and their loved ones to enjoy the little life they have left. Gabriella Parsons is a freshman journalism major. Reach her via twitter at @gab___i (that’s 3 underscores) or at opinion@

American prison system needs immediate reform


everal years ago I worked as a correctional officer at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. I didn’t fit the profile for a prison guard. There I was, some 19-year-old punk with long hair and tinted glasses — a remnant of trying to be cool in high school. I was completely naïve about prison culture. I did well in the interview, despite my cringe-worthy question at the end about whether I would have to cut my hair. They offered me the job at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. I was intrigued and wanted a decent payday, so I accepted. The environment was exciting and kinetic in between periods of boredom and constant negativity. I usually walked the yard as an ERT, a first responder to emergency situations, or worked in the visiting room, where inmates saw their friends and family. We strip searched inmates before and after visits. I saw enough naked men to last 1,000 lifetimes. I broke up a few fights, suited up in riot gear and requisitioned contraband. Sometimes some of us would play basketball in the prison gym after shifts. We quit that once one of the fellas got busted for allegedly bringing marijuana for the inmates. I enjoyed my time there, but the novelty wore off. My colleagues often exhibited a fatalistic attitude toward the guests of the Pen. Injustices, racial and gender discrimination and resentment were

common. The worst of humanity. Most of my colleagues acted in a professional manner, but even the best became consumed with the negativity dominating the environment. The purpose of our judicial system is to deter crime and enact retribution on those who break the law. Our current system fails this mandate. Even if it were successful, it’s time to reconsider altering the entire system rather than trying to reconcile the many problems within it. The United States currently has 2.2 million people incarcerated, and more than 7 million still remain under correctional supervision. The U.S. makes up 5 percent of the global population, yet we incarcerate 25 percent of the world’s inmate population. Either we are a highly immoral people, or there’s something wrong with our current system. Nebraska itself has nine state prisons housing 4,730 inmates, exceeding its intended capacity by more than 50 percent. Similarly, the Supreme Court ordered California to reduce or move its prison population by 30,000 in 2011 because of conditions deemed to contravene the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the Eighth Amendment. They simply transferred them to county jails, which only delays the problem and shifts part of the burden to local facilities meant for short-term incarceration. From 1970 to 2005, prison population grew 700 percent — at a faster pace than crime and the 44


percent increase in population. Overpopulation is a symptom of a larger problem. The proliferation of private prisons contributes to the problem in a sinister way. Lobbyists for private prisons will help write legislature that mandates a 90 percent occupancy in prisons, forcing the government to pay the difference if there are fewer inmates. They also advocate for stricter drug and immigration laws. Correctional institutions don’t correct people. Two in three prisoners will be arrested again, and more than half will be back in prison before long. We cast away human beings who have been convicted of a crime and set them up for failure. Many lost the right to vote and the ability to serve in jury duty. Businesses are much less likely to hire persons convicted of a felon. It’s worse for minorities. According to Devah Pager, a researcher at Princeton University, a white male felon is at least as likely to receive employment consider-

ation as a black male without a criminal record. There has been a clear systematic bias against minorities when it comes to arrests, convictions and sentencing. Though racial and ethnic minorities make up 30 percent of the population, they make up 60 percent of prison population. Already historically discriminated against for voting rights and employment, minorities face more difficulty when looking for jobs and are not able to participate in the democratic process. African Americans in particular are disproportionately represented in prisons. One in three black males have been incarcerated at some point. African Americans on average receive 10 percent longer sentences, are 21 percent more likely to receive mandatory minimum sentences and 20 percent more likely to be sentenced to prison than a white person for the same crime. One in 106 white males are currently incarcerated as opposed to one in 15 African-American males. We need to redefine our purpose for the judicial system. Nebraska will receive assistance from the Council of State Governments to offer alternatives to incarceration and increased rehabilitative options. This is a great step, but it’s not enough. A restorative framework works best, and it’s extremely effective. Norway has the lowest recidivism in the world, and the country has a completely different prison system than the U.S. Norway gives inmates more auton-

omy, fewer restrictions, and more educational and work opportunities. They serve less time and rarely re-offend. Critics may argue we shouldn’t treat criminals with such comfort, but it works. Norway has perhaps the best justice system in the world. Crime is low, and people are happy and safe. Furthermore, it’s a significantly cheaper way of administering justice. My best memories working at the Pen were escorting inmates to the dog kennel area where they would train all kinds of wonderful dogs, many of whom would otherwise be euthanized. I saw the best in humanity in those moments; people full of compassion, empathy, hard work and unconditional love. I’m not sure if it was the inmates who saved the dogs — or vice versa. Other prisons use similar approaches that achieve restorative results. Instead of trying to punish people, we can educate and rehabilitate them to become better citizens. Profound challenges need to be addressed, specifically racial discrimination, sentencing guidelines and privatization of justice. We can look to other places in the world to help us reform our system. I refuse to believe Americans are four times more criminal than the rest of the world. It’s the system that’s wrong, not the people. Oliver Tonkin is a political science, global studies and Latin American studies major. Reach him at opinion@



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dress up

UNL library workers attend Japanese anime cosplay conventions, dress as many characters story by Madeline Christensen | photos by Matt Masin


store. iranda Hruska and Nicole “A good costume can take St. Arnold lead a double from weeks to months, dependlife. During the week, they work ing on how much time you have the circulation desk at Love Li- to get it done,” Hruska said. Many cosplayers, like Hruska brary. On the weekends, they’re either sporting “Mass Effect” ar- and St. Arnold, will spend hours mor or look like they’ve walked a day perfecting their handmade costumes. straight out of a Japanese anime. “The last one I did was made The two said they don’t really understand the Halloween hype with thermal plastic, which you can heat up and mold, and I — it’s all pretty typical for them. worked on that from June all the Hruska and St. Arnold are a part of the cosplay community. way until September,” St. Arnold Short for “costume play,” cosplay said. “I worked on it almost every is a performance art where par- day.” The payoff is worth it, though, ticipants dress up as characters from video games, anime, movies said Hruska. “A lot of our costumes are for or pretty much anything they can contests,” she said. “Or somepull off. Cosplayers come from across times we’re going with a big group of people, the world to meet and we have to up and even comI like to pick get it done. I don’t pete at conventions costumes know, I just always where sci-fi, video want to see the figames and anime that fit my nal project. You culture rule. have to finish.” For some, it’s a personality.” At conventions job. For most, it’s with thousands just a good time. “I first saw nicole st. arnold of people who library worker all have the same people doing it interests, a cosonline, and I was tume can be key to like, ‘Woah, that’s really cool. It looks like so much breaking the ice. “When you’re wearing somefun,’” Hruska said. “I just wanted thing, and someone else recognizto give it a try, so I bought my first costume and went to a con- es it — you just kind of hit it off,” vention, and I was like, ‘OK, I’m St. Arnold said. “And that’s how you make friends from all over gonna do everything.’” the state and all over the world. Hruska, 26, went as Sakura from the Japanese anime “Na- It’s pretty cool.” The cosplay community itself ruto” for her first convention, but is easy-going and down-to-earth has since made costumes for more —a place to “embrace the nerd,” than 70 characters. St. Arnold is not far behind Hruska said. “They accept people no mat— she became hooked on cosplay ter the gender, race, looks,” St. Arwhen her twin sister took her to nold said. “They try to make it reher first convention. “I like to pick costumes that ally friendly and open to anyone who comes in. It’s a non-judging fit my personality,” the 26-yearold said. “Or sometimes, I’ll just place. Everyone is in one little really like a video game and want cloud being happy together.” There’s a serious side to coto do something from it. But it’s splay, too, St. Arnold said. Some personality first, then the cosare in the business of prop maktume.” And we’re not talking some- ing, and others have become fathing you can pick up from the mous models in the community.

Nicole St. Arnold works on her Silent Hill costume for NebrasKon this weekend in Omaha. St. Arnold has been attending NebrasKon since its humble beginning in the Nebraska Union. LEFT: Miranda Hruska helps out her sister by cleaning off shoes from a past cosplay to repurpose them for St. Arnold’s Silent Hill costume this year.

ABOVE: Nicole St. Arnold applies latex to a piece of fabric which will be a part of her Silent Hill cosplay costume. The latex gives the fabric a different texture and appearance. St. Arnold learns new techniques for costumes from friends, going to conventions and her twin sister, Miranda Hruska. The sisters are familiar with latex after Miranda’s cosplay costume last year which was almost entirely covered in latex. BOTTOM LEFT: NebrasKon is Nebraska’s only cosplay convention, meaning that if St. Arnold and Hruska want to participate in more, they have to travel. The sisters have been to conventions from L.A. to Atlanta. Here, St. Arnold gets a glue gun out of the cosplay closet in their apartment. The closet is full of past cosplay outfits and materials to make new outfits. Cosplay: see page 6

Students talk on supernatural experiences, beliefs Halloween is here, and the air is rife with fear. We spooked a few students and asked them to tell us about their experiences with ghosts. Here’s what they had to say:

-Compiled by Cara Wilwerding

If you could ask a ouiji board any one question, what would you ask? If it was a specific ghost, like ‘what’s keeping you here’ or ‘why are you here?’ I feel like the other thing is that ghosts aren’t all bad. I think maybe they just have a presence and maybe really bad ones are the ones that always get talked about.”

Autumn Trujillo

sophomore psychology major

Do you believe in ghosts? No, I don’t believe in ghosts. I believe in demons, I believe in angels, but I don’t believe in ghosts just because I guess the traditional Christian church upbringing. That’s what I’ve learned, and that’s what I’ve seen, and I guess I’m a little bit of a skeptic. I’ve never had any sort of ghostly interference or seen anything like that. I guess it’s one of those don’t believe it ’til you see it.” Michael Garcia

Art by Mike Rendowski | dn

Why do you think some people are so hesitant to accept the idea of ghosts, while others embrace it? I think a lot of people needs answers to stuff that they don’t necessarily understand. Some people I think a lot of times try to find answers in that gray area, and that might be why they believe in ghosts, you know?”

Bring Wing

senior family science major

senior culinology major

Have you ever had a supernatural experience? We had a lot of experiences in my hometown (Lindsey, Neb.) We have a really old school building. It’s like 150 years old, and so there’s supposedly a ghost there. I’ve never seen it, but a lot of people there have.” Kim Schumacher

educational administration graduate assistant


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NebrasKon celebrates 10 years, honors fans over years Convention will bring in big name guests including Dante Bosco to talk on past cosplay pop culture Gabriella Martinez-Garro dn Prepare your cosplay costumes and gear up your dance moves. It’s nearly time for NebrasKon. The pop culture convention first began out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s anime club and will be celebrating its 10th year this weekend in Omaha. Rebecca Potter, the convention chair for NebrasKon, said the convention will be celebrating 10 years of fandom, friends and fun with a retrospective theme titled, “Fandom through the ages.” “We’re trying to bring in some

kind of big name guests that are kind of current and some guests who have done some stuff in the past decade,” Potter said. “We also might have a memory board for people to write about their memories from the convention and some other new things to expand and celebrate with everyone.” The guests that will follow the convention’s theme of current and past pop culture, include the voice and TV actor, Dante Bosco. Tony Moran, who helped create “Might Morphin Power Rangers,” will be featured as a guest of honor. The activity coordinator the for the convention, Dylan Nigh, said guests can expect both new and familiar events at the convention, including Minecraft-related panels, Taiko drummers and the convention’s all-night raves. “We’re bringing in a few folks from the Los Angeles area, and they will be putting on the dance parties both Friday and Saturday night,” Nigh said. “That will go from about 10 until 2 o’clock. There should be a lot of interest-

Ghost stories haunt Lincoln this Halloween From tale of Antelope Park to legends of music professor, unearthly legends entertain students Miles Rothlisberger DN Thousands to even millions of ghost stories or creepy legends exist and haunt people across the world. Lincoln is no exception. Disturbingly enough, people seem to like these types of stories. From accounts of the paranormal to “something else,” many people, UNL students included, are intrigued by them. With Halloween today, students will have no problems seeing the influence it has on most everyone. Most of it, ironically for a holiday about the rising of evil demons, encourages people to go outside the comfort of their homes. Little children dress as cute ghouls and ask for candy from neighbors. Teens and young wear similar costumes, usually more frightening or revealing versions of the staple vampire or witch outfits, to have a blast with friends. Yet, the traditional ghost story or the well-narrated mystery make people question whether the abysmally lit forests or shanty abandoned homes are as harmless as they are in the daylight. There is an ultimate thrill to reading such stories. The mixture of fear, awe and amazement seems like it would not work, yet it does. I jump at the nearest shadow after reading a creepy story, yet I keep on coming for more. The adrenaline, many can attest, is addictive. Especially when one listens to incredibly creepy stories, such as one about a famous home in Villisca, Iowa, where an entire family was murdered by an axe-murderer who, to this day, is still unknown. Also, if brave souls wish to partake in feeling somewhat leery of the dark recesses of the night, Lincoln alone is saturated with ghoulish tales. From the tale of Antelope Park, where people seem to observe ominous figures walking across into the trees, to the legends of a Nebraska Wesleyan University music professor reentering the tangible world to

play the organ once again, people have much to look to if they wish to be unsettled. But is there real reason to be afraid of the paranormal? Sure, as said before, there is a plethora of ghostly tales in Lincoln alone. Scott Colborn, storyteller and facilitator of the highly successful Ghosts of Lincoln Bus Tour helps plan and narrate visits to places such as the Nebraska State Penitentiary or the Temple Theater, a place supposedly haunted by a worker who died by falling from the rafters. Yet, he believes the workings of Hollywood and Madison Avenue have disrespected the notion of “paranormal activity” by insinuating that anything ghostly is dark, demonic or hellish. With his more positive, family-friendly approach, Colborn explains his stance on the unearthly. “I think we’ve had a morphine of the media,” he said. “Hollywood thinks that fear sells.” Of course, there are instances that can disturb people, he explained. He told the story of a guard at the Nebraska State Penitentiary once believed to have see a human figure trying to climb out of a secured window from the across soap factory building, but authorities never found a human soul. From other accounts, people have informed Colborn the Villisca Axe-Murder House most definitely holds a negative aura. However, he explains, there are numerous accounts of positive ghostly interactions. One story, published in the book “Ghosts of the Air” by Martin Caidin, tells of an unearthly voice helping guide and ultimately save a plane that attempted to make a landing through a canyon while a blizzard almost blinded the pilots. In addition, with his work in the bus tours, he uses “high-interest” to intrigue people by showing more positive, respectful perspectives of ghosts and spirits. So, as people make their way to parties or get-togethers, ghost stories will inevitably be read. And why not? As a Lakota medicine man by the name of Three-Eagles said to Scott Colborn, “What’s so super about the natural?” But, while it is all fun and games to be spooked and disturbed, it can also be fun to read about how the paranormal is a force not to be feared, but to be respected. arts@

ing DJs and electronic music and things like that.” As with most gaming conventions, cosplay costumes will likely be rampant. Though the costumes are not required for guests, many go all out for the local convention. To accommodate their costumed guests, NebrasKon will once again feature a costume contest. This time, however, the judges of the contest will have international merit. “Costuming is really big for people no matter if they like animation or ‘Star Wars,’ or ‘Doctor Who,’ so we’re really interesting in bringing some equality to our judging panels, so there will be some workshops on how to present,” Potter said. Activities for the convention typically last all day and night. Nigh said this year should be no different, as both Friday and Saturday will feature panels from the afternoon until 2 a.m. the next day. “What’s kind of fun is daylight savings time happens during the convention, so one day there’s ac-

Courtesy photo tually 25 hours,” Potter said. “The ‘hour of power,’ as we’ve been calling it.” As the biggest gaming convention in Nebraska, NebrasKon attracts people from across the state. Though Nigh said the majority of guests are local, both volunteers and NebrasKon visitors come from all over the nation.

“We have people who are coming to even run the event from Florida and Missouri,” Potter said. “They’re not getting paid for it, they just want to help.” With more than 100 panel and activity options for guests, Potter said anyone interested in attending should give the convention a chance, regardless of interests.

“We’re nationally known as one of the most hospitable events of our type in the country,” Potter said. “We promise that anyone who comes to the event will not be bored. There’s always something fun and exciting to do.” arts@

Women of Halloween support feminism amanda stoffel

For those who claim the most wonderful time of the year comes in December, I must politely disagree. While I enjoy the eggnog and presents that come along with December’s holidays, for me, the best time of year is today: All Hallows Eve. Or Halloween, for those of you who prefer the modern name for the holiday that has become the staple for getting drunk and pretending you’re someone else for the night. You not only get to pretend to not be a poor college student for the night, but you also get to eat all the candy you want and have an excuse to party on a Thursday. (Although in Lincoln, that’s any Thursday.) It’s a given that when a holiday involves the supernatural, representations of the supernatural with be presented over and over again. While the images, objects or portrayals that give the most fright may have simply been updated to fit the modern era, the classic objects have remained the same. Zombies have their own graphic novels, demons get their own movies, and ghosts continue to take people’s money by “haunting” houses. But what I have found most

interesting about the images associated with Halloween is that their modernization has begun to implement feminism. Both men and women can be zombies. After all, eating brains is an equal opportunity job market. But more importantly, the costume and piece of iconography that appears just about everywhere during the month of October is that of the witch. Sure, the costume for children remains fairly basic: Get some striped socks, a black, pointy hat, a broom and a cauldron, and you’re set. But the representations of the female witch have changed from the green-faced, wart-ridden, large nosed hag who hates/eats children and wishes for the worst on humanity, creating a metaphor for the single woman who doesn’t have children or is career oriented. This, of course, is best seen in “The Wizard of Oz,” which was made in 1939. Once the ’90s came around, the advent of the non-black wearing witch began to take form in the Oscar-worthy film “Hocus Pocus.” The Sanderson sisters, while luring children to their home to steal their youth and remain young and beautiful, do not don hats or warts. Bette Midler, who plays Winifred, is the brains of the operation. Kathy Najimy, who portrays Mary, doesn’t contribute much, but she can smell children so … yay? Most importantly, there is Sarah Jessica Parker. She is Sarah Sanderson (what a coincidence).

Although she meets the “dumb blonde” trope, she is not ashamed of her beauty or her body. Rather, she has a power over men, as they want her attention. All right. Fine. Maybe “Hocus Pocus” isn’t a perfect example of the feminist witch, but it is undeniable that Ryan Murphy, creator of “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck” and most recently “American Horror Story: Coven,” is presenting the magic ladies as mystical and mighty. Not only does “American Horror Story: Coven” include the ideologies of witchcraft and voodoo, it also works to be inclusive of women of all races. Neither the witches nor the voodoo queens are placed inferior to the others. Rather, they simply present different kinds of magic. What is most astounding about the series (up through its third episode, at least) is that men are not influential. Instead, they are controlled by the women or influenced by them in some way. Yes, I understand that feminism is the equality among both men and women rather than women rising above men, keeping them as slaves and turning everyone else into lesbians (or whatever it is that people think feminists are trying to do). But by Murphy choosing to place the women of “Coven” into a world where being a homemaker and reproducing is not the main focus, he is freeing the stereotypes, even if only gradually, that witches wish for the worst on the world or that they only want to remain

young forever. Although there are some of the traditional themes, Murphy is giving these women the depth and power that they deserve. They must learn how to use their abilities. They are able to find love and reproduce. A really interesting point that Murphy creates is that they need each other to be strong — the witches must learn from each other. While there are men, they do not need them to survive. And so far, Murphy hasn’t presented men who hold any sort of mythical powers. “Coven” is a woman’s world. They build it. They rule it. They control it. Their powers make them equal in it. Men are objectified and controlled in it. It may seem abrasive or over-exaggerated. But in a show built around the supernatural and after decades of women with powers being shown as evil creatures who hate the world, a show such as “Coven” is giving women just power and equality. Samantha from “Bewitched” may have been a witch, but she was also a homemaker who could never use her powers without causing mischief and receiving repercussions. All I can say is that I would rather be a witch with Jessica Lange or a voodoo queen with Angela Bassett than a mere mortal trying to earn equal pay in the modern business industry. It may be wishful thinking, but “Coven” may be the magic elixir to give witches their wands back. arts@

Darker sound in Best Coast’s EP Keith Finn dn Bethany Cosentino talked about being scrutinized in a recent interview. She told Rolling Stone in the old days she was, “So sad about what people had to say.” She doesn’t feel the same way now. Best Coast’s new EP “Fade Away” is a beach punk dream. Tracks on “Fade Away” are driven by boisterous guitars, quick drums and possibly Xanax. Cosentino unravels her feelings with her lyrics as she puts more music out. Her dark outlook on relationships is prominent in the band’s seven song EP. The first track on the album is a shining moment. “This Lonely Morning” is a fast-paced track with overlapping harmonies. This gloomy song describes rejection in the finest sense of the word. Bethany sings in the first line, “I wait for you to call but sometimes you

don’t call at all / wait for you to stay but sometimes you go away.” The catchy chorus is infectious. After one listen, I had this song stuck in my head all day. Later in “Fade Away” is the track “Who Have I Become?” This song starts out with a smooth guitar riff and includes a marvelous chorus breakdown. Lyrically, this is the best song on the EP. Cosentino’s melancholy poetry comes out in full force as she sings, “The day is done and he has won / again I’m running from the one I love but I don’t know if it’s true.” Cosentino’s singing along with her somber outlook on relationships is what drives this song to be depressing but pleasant at the same time. The EP concludes with the dual styled track “I Don’t Know How.” The first half of the song is a slowed down composition of power chords and imbricated vocals. The song sounds like there’s a choir of Cosentino’s behind her.

The latter half of the song breaks into a double time classic punk song. Cosentino voices how she’s grown up since she was young as she sings, “Born so young, feel so old / I’ve been through the summer, stuck around for the cold.” Another pop-oriented punk song about maturity is an excellent way to top off the EP. “Fade Away” is a fantastic expression of love and depression, sadness and saltwater, and rock and roll. Best Coast gives a great composition of musicality with self-loathing lyrics. This album is the opposite of the bright and sunny California beaches that Best Coast devotes the name of the band. This EP should definitely be played on cloudy days. Cosentino opens up herself up on the songs with this EP. Some might think her lyrics are too wistful. She may bring criticism to herself with this EP, and she doesn’t care. The EP is called “Fade Away,”

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Cosplay: from 5 “In the cosplay community, there’s also the World Cosplay Summit, which is the top contest you can win,” St. Arnold said. “They have semifinals all over the world, and then all the countries

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even wearing a costume; they just want to be there,” St. Arnold said. “That’s mostly everyone.” This weekend, the two are putting the final touches on their costumes for NebrasKon, Nebraska’s annual convention in Omaha. This year, St. Arnold is bringing five costumes, and Hruska has six. “This is our home convention,” Hruska said. “It’s a really small convention compared to some we’ve been to. We just went to Dragoncon, which has about 70,000 people, and NebrasKon is just hitting the 3,000 mark. So it’s really tiny and very different.” This is the eighth year they’ve attended NebrasKon. “It’s like a family reunion,” St. Arnold said. Overall, cosplay is about meeting friends and sharing interests, Hruska said. “It’s about meeting someone who likes the same things you do but lives in England or Japan,” she said. “Your friends just branch out from it.” St. Arnold also said she thinks she’s overcome her shy personality since getting into cosplay. “I’ve gotten a little more confident with talking to strangers,” she said. “Now I can go up to people and talk to them about anything — it’s definitely a confidence booster. Once you’re in a costume, you’re out there.” Ironically, Halloween is a little

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Hruska and St. Arnold take a look to see how a headpiece matches with the main shirt for St. Arnold’s cosplay costume. underwhelming. “Halloween is hard for a cosplayer,” Hruska said. “I have like

30 costumes to choose from and none that anybody here would understand.”


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Save the date and save your thirst for our Husker Night Life event at Single Barrel on Thursday, November 7th. There will be a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital and live music from count artist, Aaron Watson. The event is for 19 and older and there will be fabulous drink specials and ticket giveaways all night. Don’t miss out! The fun begins at 10:00 p.m.


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football practice notes Defense responds to losing Blackshirts

The Nebraska defense let up 430 yards of total offense to Minnesota last Saturday, including 271 yards on the ground. After those yards turned into a 34-23 loss, defensive coordinator John Papuchis and the rest of the defensive staff decided it was time to make a change, and they revoked the Blackshirts from the seven Husker defenders who sported the traditional practice jersey. “We have a standard that we want to try and live up to, and certainly what we put on the field on Saturday wasn’t up to the Blackshirt standard,” Papuchis said after practice Wednesday. “I don’t wear a Blackshirt. If I wore a Blackshirt I’d take mine off, too. We didn’t do anything at all well enough to have one.” The seven defenders who lost their blackshirts were Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Corey Cooper, Josh Mitchell, David Santos, Jason Ankrah and Thad Randle. The move, Papuchis said, was handled well by the team, as they acknowledged they did not play well enough to wear a Blackshirt. Nebraska ranks 75th in the country in rushing defense, allowing 173.7 yards per game, is tied for 68th in the country for 3rd down defense and is 77th in the country in overall defense. Linebackers and special teams coach Ross Els said after practice the team responded well to the shirts being taken away. “I haven’t heard a thing from them. I really haven’t,” Els said. “I know that’s a big part of Nebraska tradition, but these guys are a part of such a team-oriented group that they know they weren’t playing well enough last week to earn anything.” Papuchis said the team had no time to feel sorry for them-

selves and they have to learn from their mistakes.

Eye on colter

Northwestern senior Kain Colter is on Nebraska’s watch list for the game on Saturday. The dynamic dual-threat quarterback is 54-for-66 so far this year with 500 passing yards and an 82 percent completion rate. Papuchis said stopping Colter will be crucial for Nebraska’s chances on Saturday. He mentioned that though Colter left the game against Iowa with an injury, when he came back, the entire demeanor of the Northwestern offense changed. And with Colter, Northwestern poses many threats to the Nebraska defense. “Part of us is preparing for everything they’ve done, and part of us is keenly aware that there are some things that have been in our past that they might try to attack,” Papuchis said.

Shift at linebacker

The ever-changing middle-linebacker spot is moving again. Redshirt freshman Michael Rose is taking senior David Santos’ spot at middle-linebacker for this week’s game. Rose has 15 total tackles on the season and has started just one game before Saturday. “Michael is a leadership presence,” Papuchis said. “He’s going to take charge, and he’s shown that this week.” Papuchis said the middlelinebacker spot is flexible, and he has seven or eight guys he could shift in there.

Dodgeball club provides release is hit high and hard, and the other players respond with deep yells that are amplified by the echoes inside the gym. Soon after, McMinn gets hit and goes out. “Amateur hour,” he jokes, selfdeprecatingly, as he leaves the court. But after losing the first two games, McMinn’s team wins No. 3, and he exclaims that they’re on the board. The dodgeball club had a team in 2005 or 2006, Gonzalez said, and he restarted the team in 2009 for no reason other than to provide a fun activity for himself and his friends. “It’s one of those sports that it’s competitive, and it’s a lot more physically demanding than people like to think,” Gonzalez said. “But it’s still fun and goofy. There’s people on the team that like to kind of play around.” Jerry Philbin, a freshman exploratory major from Omaha, fills that role. At the beginning of the fifth game of the night, he totes a ball and runs toward the center line. He jumps and kicks both legs in front of him and grunts as he rears back to throw. But he lands awkwardly and collapses to the hardwood floor. As he picks himself up and McMinn chucks a ball at him, the other players pause the game to laugh. “It’s all about having fun for me,” Philbin said. “I’m far from being the best player, but it looks like I have the most fun.” Gonzalez said some teams take the sport more seriously, practicing three times a week and lifting weights to prepare for tournaments. The sixth game of the club’s Tuesday night practice begins with a sarcastic lob at Gonzalez as he re-

Team strikes balance between competition, fun during twice weekly practices, at tournaments Zach Tegler DN It starts at 8:16. After a quarter-hour of throwing rubber balls at the six hoops around the perimeter of the gym inside the Military and Naval Science Building, the members of the Nebraska dodgeball club line up seven balls on the court. Matt Gonzalez, a senior biology student who restarted the dodgeball club during his sophomore year, stands on the sideline at midcourt and points at each team. “You guys ready?” he asks one team. Gonzalez turns to the other side, which is also ready to go. Before anyone can take another breath, he yells to signal the start of the game. “Dodgeball!” For the next hour, the 11 players attending the night practice hurl, catch, dodge and get pelted by flurries of flying rubber balls. “People try and hit other people in the face,” freshman pre-medicine student Harrison McMinn said. “I’d say there’s a lot of targeting going on. We’ll be like, ‘OK, hit this person in the face and I’ll get you something.” In the club’s third game of the practice, sophomore Derek Loseke

Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez exited practice wearing street clothes again Wednesday. Neither he nor any offensive coach was able to comment on whether he practiced or if he will suit up for the game on Saturday. compiled by Chris Heady

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Stopping Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (left) will be a point of emphasis for the Nebraska defense on Saturday.

Three keys for Nebraska:

Three keys for Northwestern:

1. Stop the run

1. Find some offense, from someone, anyone

Northwestern hasn’t had quite the season it had once hoped. One explanation of the Wildcats’ shortfall this year is the injuries of quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venric Mark. Northwestern’s two biggest offensive threats are banged up, and as it looks, Mark will not play this weekend, while Colter will. Still, Colter has shown the ability to create plays. The best way Nebraska can shut down Northwestern’s offense is to limit Colter on Saturday.

3. Forget Minnesota

It would be easy for Nebraska to declare a season neardead after losing to Minnesota last Saturday. But as a number of players and coach Bo Pelini said this week, everything Nebraska wants is still up for grabs. Northwestern has also been stung this season, losing its past four match-ups. Saturday’s game will tell us a lot about how each team can handle adversity over the long haul. Kyle Cummings, Football beat writer

Harrison Mcminn

freshman pre-medicine major

At the end of practice, after somebody asked, “We playing again?” the club plays a few games in different formats. The practice ends at 9:24, and the players return to their school lives after spending more than an hour with dodgeball. “It’s just something to do on a Tuesday and Thursday night, get away from my studying and stuff and come hang out with some good friends,” Gonzalez said. “And kind of blow off some steam every once in a while.” McMinn said it’s nice to have something to count on for a release – even a game most people played only in high school gym class. “This is like a thousand times better because you get the rubber balls instead of the little plastic ones,” McMinn said. For the club’s next practice, on Halloween night, Gonzalez, McMinn and Klatt do not know what they will wear as costumes. But they do know what will be in store for the person who comes with the best costume. “Last year, we had a guy who wore a full gorilla costume,” Klatt said. “Everyone wanted to throw at him.” sports@

treats from midcourt after starting the game. The contest ends with sophomore mechanical engineering student Brad Durand on his own against the six players of the other team. When Durand’s last teammate goes out of the game, he quotes The Sandlot. “You’re killin’ me, Smalls,” Durand says. The game ends soon after. During Game 7, club president Caleb Klatt talks with another member on the sideline about an upcoming trip. The club’s first tournament of this year will be Nov. 9 in Lincoln – its first tournament ever at home or during a fall semester. The club will try to play in two other tournaments: one in Chicago and nationals at Ohio State next semester. “In the past, it was kind of just come to practice the first semester, and then second semester we’d go to a tournament,” Klatt said. “But then kids would just kind of grow complacent and stop showing up.” That might not be a problem this week, because for the second year, the club’s Thursday night practice will take place in Halloween costumes. “Just a little fun thing to do,” Gonzalez said. “You kind of get complacent in doing the same thing over and over, so it’s kind of fun to do something different.”

Injury care facility protects Rec The IPC program is staffed of. That’s our job.” Inside the IPC facility, the trainby two full-time certified athletic ers are equipped with general first trainers and more than 25 student employees who are trained in first aid materials, along with preventative tools that are available to aid and injury care. The IPC has students. The room has tables and many services that are offered free stretching areas as well as posters to all Campus Rec members, including evaluation and treatment that aid in preventative care. The of injuries, first aid and emergency goal of the IPC facility is to help students before and after working care, prevention of athletic injuout, playing sports or taking a fitries, taping (patrons must provide tape), stretching techniques and ness class. “The basic services that we proprofessional referrals. vide are any emergency response “We try to make sure that the care for any injuries that happen people that come in here get the best care possible,” assistant direc- inside of the rec,” said Michael Schutte, a senior tor Robin Whisman IPC student staff said. “Sometimes We try to member. “Howwe’re the best people make sure ever, our day-toto do that; sometimes day services are the best care comes that the people stretching, ice, from referring them heating, tape, out. A lot of the first that come in here aid and immediate get the best care.” wound care for anyone. And we care and that stuff provide coverage we can handle here. robin whisman for intramural If someone is dealing assistant director sports like flag with a more serious football, soccer injury, like maybe in the spring and club events that they’ll need stitches or an X-ray or happen on weekends.” something like that, then we make IPC is open whenever the recsure they get referred to the appropriate facilities. We just want to reation center is open and is covered by student fees. The IPC staff make sure that they are taken care

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2. Eliminate Colter

People try and hit other people in the face. I’d say there’s a lot of targeting going on.”

Martinez still out

football Three keys

Anybody who watched the Nebraska at Minnesota game Saturday can tell you the Huskers had no answer to Minnesota’s run game. The Gophers ran the ball time and time again. Until Nebraska can prove it can stop the run, opponents will continue to test the Huskers on the ground.


Northwestern’s offense has slumped during the team’s current four-game losing streak, particularly the last three contests. The return of quarterback Kain Colter last week against Iowa improved the situation, but the Wildcats still scored only 10 points. Northwestern will need more than that against Nebraska, with production necessary from Colter and co-quarterback Trevor Siemian, as well as from a rotating cast of running backs trying to replace the injured Venric Mark.

2. Rediscover success in the turnover battle

Early in the season, turnovers were Northwestern’s calling card. Through six games, the Wildcats led the conference in turnovers forced and turnover margin. The past two weeks, that advantage has dissipated. Against Minnesota and Iowa, Northwestern turned the ball over five times and took it away only once. Given the Wildcats’ offensive struggles, turning over the Huskers in advantageous field position could be the Wildcats’ best hope for points.

3. Contain the run, even a little

Northwestern’s run defense did a pretty good job stopping Iowa’s running game, and that needs to become a trend. Before last week, the Wildcats were gashed by Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and James White and Minnesota’s David Cobb in successive weeks. Nebraska’s dangerous rushing attack could pose a huge problem for the sometimesporous front seven. Alex Putterman, The Daily Northwestern

Wednesday had proven to be a pretty uneventful day at the Injury Prevention and Care facility on the second floor of the Campus Recreation Center. That was until students started filing in complaining of backaches and sprained ankles. Students came in asking for anything from heat to muscle evaluations to stretching techniques. The Injury Prevention and Care Program of Campus Recreation serves those who are injured in Rec Center programs and facilities. In addition, IPC serves as a resource to those recovering from injuries by providing education and answers to questions and concerns.


soccer: from 10 ness of the college level was a change of pace after playing for a club team. “There was a lot of differences,” Flannery said. “There’s the aspect of club soccer, which is more fun, as with college soccer it’s more of a business. You have a job to do. And it’s fun traveling and all that, but it’s really time consuming, which was very different for me. And it’s been paying off since we’re playing so well right now.” Both lived in Smith Hall freshman year, which Odermann found extremely beneficial to have Flannery nearby to keep the chemistry going and to help adapt to the college competition. “She was just a couple floors away in the dorm, so after a game we would come together and talk about it,” Odermann said. “It’s great for during practices, too, and it’s tough not knowing where you were going to be at. Getting the playing time was amazing for me, and she was there to help me every step of the way. If there was ever a complaint, we were there to kind of coach each other through it and stick to it.” During their freshman year, Odermann received more playing time, and by the end of the season, she garnered some honors, including being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. That didn’t surprise Flannery at all. “She’s always been a standout player, ever since I started playing with her,” Flannery said. “She’s a leader, and she really knows what she’s doing. In high school she knew the basics and mostly based everything off her talent and skills. It really shows how much she has progressed in college because she adds her leadership and knowledge to the natural talent that she had coming into college.” Although Flannery didn’t get much playing time in her first year on campus, she has played in 15 of the Huskers’ 19 matches so far this season. Odermann knows Flannery will continue to play a more vital role on the team. Going up against Flannery in practice, Odermann notices the strides she has taken. “Over this last year she has improved so much,” Odermann said. “She’s getting playing time this year, and it’s pretty amazing seeing both of us growing together from start to finish.” Nebraska has one game left

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sports Carl pelini resigns

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Carl Pelini, Nebraska’s former defensive coordinator, stepped down as coach at Florida Atlantic on Wednesday.

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Nebraska freshman outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen goes up for a block against Illinois on Wednesday night. Rolfzen had 13 kills in the Husker win, contributing four block assists to Nebraska’s 16 total blocks in the game.

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Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, the brother of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, resigned from his head coaching post at Florida Atlantic on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, Carl Pelini and Florida Atlantic defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned after they admitted using illegal drugs. FAU athletic director Patrick Chun said the school got information about alleged drug use on Monday, and Chun talked to Pelini

and Rekstis on Wednesday. Pelini, who began coaching at Florida Atlantic in 2012, had a record of 5-15 at the school. Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim coach. Carl Pelini was the defensive coordinator at Nebraska from 20082011. In 2009 and 2010, he helmed defensive units that finished in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense. Zach Tegler sports@

Huskers get season-high 16 blocks for three sets in sweep of Illinois


story by Eric Bertrand | photo by Amber Baesler

ome familiar characters were in attendance to watch the No. 10 Nebraska volleyball team defeat Illinois 3-0; Superman, a yellow Angry Bird and Buddy the Elf watched the Huskers win 25-21, 26-24, 25-12. Fans came dressed in Halloween costumes for the Boo at the Bob event, and even Little Red joined in on the festivities by dressing in a Zorro-esk black cape and mask. The first set began with the Huskers jumping out to a quick 8-3 lead on an attacking error from the Illini sophomore setter Alexis Viliunas. The lead was short lived, as Illinois mounted a 5-point run to tie the score up at 9, when Nebraska coach John Cook used a timeout. The Huskers gained the momentum, coming out of the timeout by building another 5-point lead at 16-11. It was cut down to a point on three consecutive kills from Illini junior outside hitter Morganne Criswell. With freshman Kadie Rolfzen notching two late kills, the Huskers managed to hold their lead to take the set 25-21. The Fighting Illini were led by sophomore outside hitter Jocelynn Birks and Criswell with six kills apiece. Rolfzen led the Husker attack with seven kills and a hitting clip of .667 percent. In game two, freshman Melanie Keil entered the game for sophomore Meghan Haggerty.

“Meg just looked out of it in the first game,” Cook said. “She (Keil) had a heck of a week of practice, and so we thought, ‘Let’s see what she can do.’” Keil went on to tally three kills and four block assists in the match. A close second set had neither team gaining the momentum until the Illini grabbed the lead at 20-19 on a kill from junior Liz McMahon. Illinois added on to its edge on attacking errors from the Huskers, making the score 23-20 before Cook called a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Huskers went on a 4-point run to regain the lead by a score of 24-23. A kill from Birks forced the set to continue, but not for long, as Robinson recorded a kill followed by a stuffed block to give the Huskers a two-set advantage going into the break. Robinson was key to the Huskers in game two by notching five kills, a solo block and a block assist. Rolfzen said the Huskers gained confidence by the comeback effort in the second set. “No matter how far we are down, we can come back and win the big games,” Rolfzen said. The Illini’s McMahon accounted for four of the squad’s 12 kills in the set. She also tallied two block assists. The Huskers came out firing on all cylinders in the third by forcing the Illini to use both timeouts by the time the score was 10-3. According to Rolfzen, the Huskers

saw the Illini start to lose confidence. “You could just tell by their faces,” Rolfzen said. “We all looked at each other and were like, ‘All right, we got this.’” The all-around play from the Huskers continued to create a 20-8 lead in the set. After a few errors from the Huskers, Cook used a timeout. The timeout proved to benefit the Huskers, as they went on to win the set with four consecutive points. Robinson conWe all tributed two kills and a block assist in the looked at four-point run, and each other and Keil added two block assists as well. were like, ‘All right, The Huskers outblocked the Illini we got this.” 16-6.5 and out-killed Kadie Rolfzen them 48-36. Sophofreshman outside hitter more Cecilia Hall led the Huskers with six total blocks in the match. “It’s so fun coming back in the huddle and see everybody is so happy for you,” Hall said. “It’s fun to crush the other side.” The Huskers’ attack was commanded by Robinson and Rolfzen, who notched 15 and 13 kills, respectively. Birks finished with 11 kills for Illinois to lead the squad offensively. “I thought our team took it to another level tonight to win that match,” Cook said. sports@

Nebraska tries to boost morale With crucial game against Northwestern approaching, Huskers moving past upset loss at Minnesota Chris Heady DN A fog hung over Nebraska football practice Tuesday night. The lights at the Hawks Practice Facility were dimmed by the mist, and raindrops hit the leaves around the facility with a pitter-patter sound. The 5:30 sky looked more like 7:30, and by the time practice was over, the players looked as though the last thing they wanted was to talk to anyone. Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez, stealthily and silently slid past the press with his hood up, head down and with street clothes on, sidelined with a laundry list of injuries. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck couldn’t give a definitive answer as to whether or not the four-year starter would be ready for Saturday’s home game against Northwestern or why the offense sputtered against Minnesota. Junior wide-receiver Kenny Bell slouched in a chair as he answered questions about why the Huskers dropped so many balls in Saturday’s loss against Minnesota. The battle for Nebraska is not getting ready for the next game, but building the morale back up for the team. “A loss is a loss is a loss; none of them feel good,” Bell said. “Losses all hurt the same. They all hurt the same.”

The loss against Minnesota might have hurt a little more, though. Nebraska now finds itself 5-2, with two more losses than it anticipated at this point in the season: a 41-21 loss to UCLA in which Nebraska gave up 38 unanswered points and a Big Ten loss to Minnesota last week. The successes of last season, such as claiming a Big Ten Legends Division title and an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game, seem like a reach right now, especially with Martinez out for an undisclosed amount of time and an inconsistent defense by defensive coordinator John Papuchis’ standards. Even the once-explosive offile photo by matt masin | DN fense is having trouble producing. Junior receiver Kenny Bell runs after a catch at Minnesota. Bell “It’s just weird,” Beck said. “We just didn’t play well offensively compared this season with last season through seven games. all-around (against Minnesota). Everybody took their turn not doing and last season are both shockingly has now dropped four games in a what they had done. It equated to similar at the same point in the sea- row. a loss.” A win against Northwestern son. With the loss and a fog of doubt T h r o u g h would put Nebraska at 6-2 and hovering over the seven weeks of 3-1 in the league, and it would Huskers, morale is low. the season last get them back in the race with We were But senior quarterback year, Nebraska Michigan and Michigan State for Ron Kellogg III, who looking at was 5-2, with a the Legends Division, like last will likely see playing loss to UCLA season. A win would also bring time Saturday, and Bell quite an uphill back pleasant memories of last and a 63-38 loss are trying to change battle, the same year, when the Huskers won the at the hands of that. Ohio State. And final six games of the regular as this year.” “Whatever I can in both years season after the comeback win do myself, and Tommy the game after against Northwestern. kenny bell can do to get the team junior receiver So for Bell, Beck and the has been against riled up and excited to Huskers, the Northwestern game Northwestern. play, we’ll do it,” Kel“Last year is a make-or-break game for the logg said. “Instead of rest of the season. is one thing,” Bell said. “We were having an incompletion or error, Bell said if Nebraska had lost looking at quite an uphill battle, the instead of people getting down on at Northwestern last year, the same as this year.” themselves, we want to pick them season would not have turned Both Beck and Bell said this up and say, ‘Hey, we have two game could be a turning point in around. more downs to get a first down or the season for the Huskers. “That would have been the score.’” Northwestern (4-4, 0-4) was end of the world, really,” Bell Beck also realizes if morale im- slotted as a team to beat at the besaid. proves, so will the team. He was ginning of this season, ranked in sports@ sure to point out that this season the AP Poll ahead of Nebraska, but

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Sophomore defender Jaylyn Odermann (13) has played with teammate Alyssa Flannery since before high school.

Sophomores continue shared success at NU

state cup championships and a regional championship in 2008. Odermann, Flannery Then in their senior year, the two players had to decide where to go still winning together to next. at Nebraska after long Not planning on going to the same school as Odermann, Flanhistory as teammates nery visited Nebraska first and with each other fell in love with the school immediately. “I came in, and I just loved the atmosphere, and I really liked the Josh Kelly way they played and treated each DN other,” Flannery said. “The players were close. They’re like a famHeading into the season, the team ily, and so those two things made chemistry of the Nebraska soccer it really easy for me to commit.” team wasn’t the greatest. With Odermann’s top three schools many incoming freshmen on the at the time were Nebraska, roster, the team needed to take Creighton and Kansas, but just major steps in that aspect. like her high school teammate, But for defender Jaylyn Odershe couldn’t resist committing to mann and midfielder Alyssa Flan- Nebraska. nery, chemistry is no issue. “Initially I never really thought “We’ve known each other of going to Nebraska, and then I since seventh and eighth grade,” went to a bunch of the summer Flannery said. “Jaylyn knows how and winter camps,” Odermann I play, and we have great chemis- said. “And then when I came on try together on the field, and we my first visit, I immediately loved push each other to get better every the place and the team. All the day. We know what our strengths staff from academics to strength and weaknesses are, and we play coaches and everything, and obviwell together on the field.” ously with the top-notch facilities. The sophomores from Omaha There was a couple other schools played with each I was going to look other for years beat, but since I comJaylyn fore committing to mitted so early, I Nebraska. The duo knows how I didn’t really have a played for both chance. But I didn’t play, and we have regret it for a secMillard North High School and the Toro great chemistry ond.” Soccer Club before Odermann together.” the college level. was thrilled to get Both received started knowing Alyssa Flannery one of her teamhonors during their sophomore midfielder time at Millard mates would play North, earning first with her at the next team All-Nebraska level. spots in both junior and senior “There was a bunch of the seasons. girls from our club team that was They got the Millard North looking at Nebraska, and it was team to at least the semifinals all awesome knowing that we would four years. In 2011, the Mustangs be playing together and being won the Class A state title game able to be with each other longer,” against Lincoln Southeast, 2-1. Odermann said. The Toro Soccer Club also had For Flannery, the serioussuccess with Odermann and Flannery on the roster, winning four soccer: see page 9

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